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Near-extinct Mexican wolf in comeback June 26, 2005 10:48 AM

Near-extinct Mexican wolf in comeback

By Susana Soltero
Saturday, June 25, 2005 - Updated: 09:44 AM EST

Eight baby wolf pups were introduced to the public this week at Stone Zoo in Stoneham. The wolves belong to the Mexican gray
species, which until recently had been nearly extinct in the wild. 

It's an animal that's been extinct since 1980, and now they're bouncing back thanks to zoos and refuges,'' said Melissa Grossenbacher of Zoo New England. 

The four males and four female pups were born May 16 to parents
Bella and Shep and will stay with the zoo for at least a year. 

The Mexican gray wolf is the rarest, southernmost and most
genetically distinct subspecies of North American gray wolf. 

It was brought back to life by a captive breeding program,
which reintroduced wolves into their habitat in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Zoo New England has been part of the conservation effort for seven years. 

The wolf pups will be on exhibit this weekend and through the
rest of the zoo's regular season, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
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